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The demand for cancer and other chronic disease health-care services is increasing mainly because of the growing and aging population. With advances in cancer screening and treatment, more people are living with a diagnosis of cancer for longer periods of time. While this is a good thing, it can be challenging for the health-care system. It can also be challenging for cancer survivors themselves because there can be significant effects that come later in treatment and/or that remain after treatment is done. The quality of cancer and chronic disease care needs to be maximized while at the same time making sure that the provincially based health-care system is sustainable in the long term.

Created in collaboration with The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, the goal of the Primary Care and Cancer Care Integration Initiative is to investigate best practices that improve transitions of care between cancer specialists and primary care settings. The hope is to ultimately have a better patient experience, enhanced quality of care and greater efficiency in the primary care and cancer care systems.

The following projects, that are all part of this initiative, focus on the time after a diagnosis has been confirmed and primary cancer treatment has been provided.
 

Dialogue and storywork in support of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer patients
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Supporting the cancer post-treatment transition period
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Integrating Primary Care and Cancer Care in Survivorship (IPCCS)
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Last updated: March 2, 2017